The Roots of Obedience
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Obedience that honors God is always rooted in God’s grace.
- Obedience that honors God, v. 1-9.
- Is always rooted in God’s grace, v. 10-18.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: Imagine a painter who tries to become great. Unless he strives, he will never be an artist at all. But since he makes greatness a deliberate goal, he proves that he is not, and never will be, great. A master artist is great without trying to be great. It is a fruit, not a work. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
- David was a complex and fascinating person. What is it that you know about David in his many roles (as shepherd, poet, musician, warrior, friend, king, diplomat, husband, father and architect) that makes him a model for us?
- This passage commends David because he “swore… and vowed” (v. 2) to the Lord. When are we to be commended for taking, and following through, on an oath? How does this line up with Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:33-7?
- Look at the unconditional (v. 11) and conditional (v. 12) aspects of God’s covenant with David. On the one hand, God fulfills his promises and they will surely come to pass. On the other hand, the personal and spiritual benefits of God’s promise accrue only to those covenant people who trust… and obey. Which of these two sides do you need to hear? Why?
- This passage has much to say about future fulfillment of God’s promises to David (v. 14-18). Notice how many times God says “I will” in these verses. Reflect on what you believe God intends to do in our marriages, families, community and government. How does this inform our prayer life and our acts of obedience?
Taking It Home: If a person gives a special gift to their spouse on a wedding anniversary and then says “don’t mention it, it’s my duty,” what happens? Are there ways you are treating God in a similar manner?
If you are visiting today or if you are new to Aspen Ridge Church, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff is available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, Pastor Jeff and his wife Mary will welcome you in the library (Room 207).
STRONGER: A WEEKEND MARRIAGE CONFERENCE
Are you coming to the Marriage Conference at Aspen Ridge Church? The weekend is September 6-8 and the cost will be $60 per couple ($40 per single), which includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, childcare and all conference materials. This event will strengthen your marriage in whatever stage of life you and your spouse may find yourselves. Find out more and register online at AspenRidgeChurch.org/stronger.
THE GATHERING FROM AUGUST 11 – SEPTEMBER 1
The Gathering is an interactive group that meets Sunday at 9:00 AM in Room 104. Beginning on August 11and running through September 1, Dave Mathewson will help us take a look at biblical prophecies and events occurring in our lifetime. Don’t miss this exciting teaching!
THANK YOU FROM THE SEE FAMILY
Thanks to all who made our Golden 50th Anniversary party a grand occasion to fellowship with family, friends, firefighters and fellow Christian believers. We would like to say a special thank you to our children for a wonderful party and to Pastor Jeff for the meaningful renewal of our wedding vows.
Our next Child Dedication ceremony will be held on the weekend of September 21 and 22. We would like to know if you are interested and give time to plan and prayerfully commit to this special dedication. Please contact the church office as soon as possible to participate.
FALL START DATES
Moms in Prayer will begin on August 19 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM in the Chapel. Come and help us pray for our children in their school life.
Community Bible Study (CBS) will begin on September 4 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM, studying the Gospel of John. Please contact Marilyn Betsch at 303.489.6711 with questions or to register.
Saturday Morning Precept Bible Study will begin on September 14 from 8:30 – 10:30 AM and run for 8 weeks. The study is Matthew Part 2 and the workbook cost is $20. Please contact Dottie Manchette by Monday, August 26 at 303.697.9141 or email@example.com.
AUGUST MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT: WORSHIP ARTS
If you have a love of singing and a commitment to rehearsing with us, the Worship Arts Team has a vocal ensemble that we would love for you to join. This is a great group that enhances our seasonal services, and we are looking for more performance opportunities this year for this group. Please contact Pastor Kerry or Chaz if you are interested!
AWANA LEADER TRAINING
Leader training for our AWANA program will be August 28 at 6:30 PM. All who are interested please come. The burden is light and the rewards are many!
MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OPPORTUNITY
Our MOPS Ministry is looking to fill two childcare positions within our MOPPETS. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 9:00 – 11:30 AM, September through May. Volunteer and paid positions are available. Please contact Sommer Randol at 303.674.6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are looking for vendors to participate in this fall festival on October 5 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Please contact Debbie Stewart at email@example.com with any questions or to register.
We return to our fall schedule this week for Middle School and High School. Please see our website for complete details.
John and Dottie Davis, International House of Philoxenia, Oregon
• for new believers in Inn Tea, Laos, where John taught 50 years ago-resistant to the gospel then, now center of Christian witness.
• for John as he volunteers at the University and international chapels and the students they both witness to.
• for Laotian Christians who are experiencing increased persecution, for God's strength to be manifest in them and for their faith to grow.